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Boss's Pride


18:25 6th October 2012

Ståle delighted as Wolves overcome hurdles

Boss Ståle Solbakken tonight expressed his “pride” of his players as Wolves overcome an obstacle-filled week to bounce back to winning ways at Blackburn.

Another special goal from summer signing Bakary Sako clinched a thoroughly deserved victory at Ewood Park – Wolves’ fifth in six npower Championship fixtures – but it was another solid defensive display which also caught the eye as the team signed off for the international break.

It all came at the end of a week in which wingers Razak Boukari and Slawomir Peszko have been lost to lengthy injuries, and Björn Sigurdarson and Kevin Doyle to illness and injury just 24 hours before the game.

On top of that the manager lost Dorus De Vries and Dave Edwards from the squad after both became fathers over the weekend!

“I thought we were rock solid today and the defensive display close to perfect,” said the boss.

“Taking into consideration the week we’ve had, which has not been easy.

“I’m not talking about the Palace defeat because I was satisfied with that performance.

“We’ve had the long injuries to Peszko and Boukari and then Sigurdarson was sick and Doyle injured in training.

“Today I woke up to the message that Dave Edwards had returned home because his wife was giving birth and he got back with three minutes to spare!

“Dorus De Vries wouldn’t have been starting but he was with wife who has given birth to a boy.

“We have some absentees that weren’t planned – I have three children myself but have never been in that position.  I always timed it better!

“But seriously I am very proud of the way we have done today and all credit to the lads given everything that happened.

“What I am proud of is that the players who played in unfamiliar roles and new roles did very well, and the confidence in the team in the first half was very good.”

The boss admitted it was a typically tight Championship game, with the first goal always going to be crucial.

He added:  “I think we controlled the first half and had the best chance hitting the post but I wasn’t frustrated.

“Blackburn only had one real chance in the game but they did have us under the cosh a bit in the second half.

“Their fans were behind them today and it was only small margins and if they had scored first they could win the game.

“Teams are very even in this league and I think that whether we are playing against Blackburn or Peterborough.

“The league is very tough and very competitive.

“We were unlucky against Crystal Palace but that can happen in such an even league, and maybe we had our luck against Ipswich away.

“All in all we have deserved our points but we cannot rest or switch off otherwise we will get punished.”

And on matchwinner Sako, who continues to look like a revelation since checking in from St Etienne?

“His left foot is a good weapon for us – it is out of this world,” said the boss.

“That makes us dangerous from set pieces with his ability to find targets in the penalty area.

“And if he comes into shooting range he almost always hits the target.

“There were a lot of players between him and the goal and I don’t think he could have put the ball anywhere else but if anyone was going to do it it was him.

“I think he will have better games than that but he got the goal.

“He pushed up alongside Sylvan in the last 20 minutes to get a grip of the game again because Blackburn had a little bit more of the ball and were pressuring us.

“We managed to change that around to get him into the game and he scored and I’m not too sure why the referee didn’t let him go on for the other one either.

“There were a lot of players between him and the goal and I don’t think he could have put the ball anywhere else but if anyone was going to do it it was him.”

The boss was also asked post-match about progress on whether the club were able to bring in any loan signings given the spate of injuries.

“We have started making one or two phone calls but no one has given us the right answer yet!” he said.

“Hopefully Kevin Doyle will be back in 14 days.

“Razak is one month away and Peszko three months which makes us vulnerable in the wide positions.

“We have to make sure we have a little bit more in those areas.

“We need to see if we can get a loan player in and also maybe some players closer from injury.

“Then we can perhaps get all the players in the positions in which they are best suited.”

The boss led the post-match celebrations with the travelling Wolves supporters, and revealed he was keen to thank them for their excellent support so far this season.

“I had planned that because I have now seen the way all the supporters have followed us,” he said.

“They have stood behind us even when we were rubbish in Cardiff and helped us to the end.

“They deserve another international break and a salute from the manager for their support.

“Before the last break we had two defeats at Cardiff and Leeds when they hadn’t had much to cheer about.

“I think they deserved to see how pleased we are to have such loyal supporters behind us.”

* Congratulations to Dorus and Dave and their better halves on the new arrivals! Dorus's partner gave birth to their first child - a boy - last night, and Dave's partner a girl Evie Mai, a brother for Jack, this morning.  Dave had a mad dash back to Shrewsbury on the train with the help of Club Doctor Matt Perry who got him to Preston station with four minutes to spare for a train which got him to hospital with four minutes to spare before the birth.  Well done to all! 




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